Man’s speedy get­away

Af­ter bolt­ing from a scene on Bunya St, drug ad­dict hides un­der bed at home

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Meg Gan­non Meg.Gan­non@dal­by­her­

NI­CHOLAS An­drew Stan­ley Har­ri­son, 23, shifted his gaze around the Dalby court­room, ap­pear­ing ner­vous as he stood charged with one count of ob­struct­ing po­lice and one count of pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs in Dalby Mag­is­trates Court.

The court heard Har­ri­son’s ve­hi­cle was ran­domly in­ter­cepted by po­lice on Bunya St at 5pm on May 20.

Po­lice or­dered the de­fen­dant out of his car so they could search the ve­hi­cle and he was seen plac­ing an item into his pocket.

Po­lice tried to stop Har­ri­son and at­tempted to grab the item be­fore the de­fen­dant bolted from the scene, run­ning to­wards Thomas Jack Park while po­lice pur­sued on foot.

While run­ning, Har­ri­son dropped the item on the ground, which was re­cov­ered by po­lice and found to be 0.8g of methy­lam­phetamine.

At 7am the next day, po­lice went to Har­ri­son’s home to find the de­fen­dant hid­ing un­der­neath his bed.

He claimed to po­lice he was run­ning to get back to his heav­ily preg­nant part­ner.

Har­ri­son’s on-again, off-again part­ner was 37 weeks preg­nant with their sec­ond child as she sat anx­iously in the gallery.

Mag­is­trate Rob­bie Davies was re­luc­tant to give the de­fen­dant jail time, de­spite be­ing a re­peat of­fender.

“It’s a shame you haven’t straight­ened your­self and changed your ways,” he said.

“You haven’t com­mit­ted se­ri­ous of­fences but you still re-of­fend on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. I think the charges are not se­ri­ous enough to war­rant a pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment.”

Har­ri­son was sen­tenced to three months’ im­pris­on­ment sus­pended for 18 months, with a con­vic­tion recorded.

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